Top things to do in Kāifēng

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kāifēng

Temple of the Chief Minister

First founded in AD 555, this frequently rebuilt temple vanished along with Kāifēng in the early 1640s, when rebels breached the Yellow River’s dykes. During the Northern Song, the temple covered a massive 34 hectar…
Ruins in Kāifēng

Former Site of Kāifēng Synagogue

Sadly, nothing remains of the synagogue – finally swept away in mid-19th-century floodwaters – except a well with an iron lid in the boiler room of the Kāifēng Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital (开封中医院, Kāifēng Z…
Street Food in Kāifēng

Xīsī Square Night Market

Join the scrum weaving between stalls busy with red-faced popcorn sellers and hollering Hui Muslim chefs cooking up kebabs and náng bread. There are loads of vendors, selling cured meats, hearty jiānbǐng guǒzi (煎饼裹子…
Historic Building in Kāifēng

Shānshǎngān Guild Hall

This tiny, elaborately styled guild hall was built as a lodging and meeting place during the Qing dynasty by an association of merchants from Shānxi (山西), Shaanxi (陕西) and Gānsù (甘肃) provinces. Note the ornate carvi…
Historic Site in Kāifēng

Kāifēng Fǔ

This reconstructed site of the government offices of the Northern Song has daily theatricals commencing daily outside the gates – as the doors are thrown open costumed actors play period scenes, complete with cracki…
Walls in Kāifēng

Kāifēng City Walls

Kāifēng is ringed by a relatively intact, much-restored Qing dynasty wall, which you can climb up at various points. Today’s bastion was built on the foundations of the Song dynasty Inner Wall (内城; Nèichéng). Encase…
Museum in Kāifēng

Kāifēng Museum

Containing a modest collection of archaeological finds, woodblock prints and historical objects, the Kāifēng Museum was slated to move into a new home 5km west of the city in 2017. The draw for most is two notable J…
Park in Kāifēng

Iron Pagoda Park

Rising up within Iron Pagoda Park is a magnificent 11th-century pagoda (55m tall), a gorgeous, slender brick edifice wrapped in glazed rust-coloured tiles (hence the name); its narrow stairs are climbable for ¥35. A…
Vegetarian in Kāifēng

Vegetarian Restaurant

Looking out onto the grounds of the Temple of the Chief Minister, the outdoor tables at this small Buddhist dining hall offer the city's most atmospheric setting. Sample vegetarian classics such as braised spare rib…
Cultural in Kāifēng

Chrysanthemum Festival

Millions of chrysanthemums are on full display at Lóngtíng Park and elsewhere around the city during this autumn festival. In 2015, botanists grafted 641 flowers together, earning a spot in the Guinness World Record…